Jonathan Toews finally breaks his silence on the Chicago Blackhawks direction, and he's not happy

S. Harper
July 27, 2022  (11:10)

When last season began many felt the Chicago Blackhawks were poised to be a significant threat in the Western Conference. They'd added Seth Jones, Marc-Andre Fleury and they were poised for the return of a healthy Jonathan Toews. The fan base hoped they'd be able to harness some of the magic that brought them 3 Stanley Cups in a 6 year span.

Unfortunately the wheels fell off almost immediately and it cost the team greatly. The Hawks went through multiple Head Coaches and the struggles pushed the Blackhawks into a full rebuild. The teardown began at the Trade Deadline with Brandon Hagel being shipped to Tampa Bay for picks and prospects.
The teardown took an even further push forward this off season when both Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach were moved for 1st round picks and additional assets. Now the spotlight surrounds the two most senior members of the organization, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
Recently General Manager Kyle Davidson sat down with Kane and Toews to discuss the organization's 5 year plan. After that conversation Toew's had this to say:
At the end of the day, we're talking about a five-plus-year process, according to Kyle. So that part of it doesn't sound appealing to me at all. I can't speak for (Patrick Kane), but I definitely feel that the amount of turnover our team has gone through every single year these last three or four years, that's where it gets really, really draining. And exhausting.

When we traded Hags, and then Cat and Kirby, reality really set in that, OK, this is where we're at, and they've got to really focus on the future,» Toews added. «And it's just unfortunate that it's come to that. But it is what it is. So much of that stuff has been out of my control for quite some time, and it's a weird place to be in as a captain.

The 34-year-old Toews was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 3rd overall in 2006, and has had a first ballot hall of fame worthy career with the Blackhawks.
Winning 3 Stanley Cups, Toews has played in 1,014 games with the Blackhawks scoring 357 goals, and 495 assists.
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Jonathan Toews finally breaks his silence on the Chicago Blackhawks direction, and he's not happy

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